Netflix is continuing its push into Asian markets with a slate of 17 newly announced original series. Five new anime series including Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon adaptations were also just announced by the streaming giant.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos made the announcements at a company event in Singapore. Multiple teams in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea are developing the various series. Another nine series are reportedly set to be revealed by the streaming service in India next week.
Sarandos signaled Netflix’s excitement to move forward with these projects at the reveal. “Asia is home to the world’s great creative centers. They are producing some of the most compelling films and series of today. More than half of Asian content hours viewed on Netflix this year are viewed outside the region. So we have confidence that our upcoming slate of Asian productions will find fans in their home countries and abroad.”
The announced projects include The Stranded, a Thai series following a teenager who survives a tsunami and washes up on a remote island. Another one of the new series, Shimmers, will follow five teenagers haunted by ghosts of their pasts. A Korean series, Kingdom, received a second season which will release on January 25th. New Taiwanese drama, Triad Princess, follows a woman looking to get out from under the shadow of her Triad father.